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The Old Workhouse 2005, Ormskirk

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My First School

Greetby Hill Primary School c1955, Ormskirk
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My family moved to Ormskirk in 1960 when I was three. My father was starting a teaching course at Edge Hill and we lived in a flat over the coal board (next door to Clarks Shoes) in Church Street. Our surname was Byard back then. I started school at Greetby Hill, early, when I was only four, in January 1961. From the beginning I hated school - when mum and I got to the school gate (we used the path that crossed the whole of the playing field, from the back), I would start dragging on her arm and screaming not to go. My teacher was I think, Mrs Jackson. I remember she was kind and had a big nose! She taught us to knit and I remember having to drink warm milk with straws out of 1/3 pint glass bottles; they had been left in the corridor next to the radiator - to this day, I still cannot stomach warm milk! For some reason, one day we had to... Read more

Children's Convalescent Home Green Lane Ormskirk

Greetby Hill Primary School c1955, Ormskirk
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As a 10 year old child in 1959, I had a problem with my eyes, crusty and red-rimmed and sore looking. I lived in the outskirts of Liverpool, and thinking the sea air would cure me, our GP sent me to a children's convalescent home in Ormskirk. I feel certain it was in Green Lane. The Home seemed to be very big to me as a small child. There was only one ward I seem to remember, with tiny babies from 6 months old up to 6 years on one side of the ward, and 6 years and older on the opposite side. My father and sister took me home after only 3 days because I was extremely unhappy although I was well looked after. Would it have been Quarry Mount? I have seen that name mentioned in the nostalic pages, and wonder if it is the same place I remember. Does anyone have photographs of the home? The strange thing... Read more

ADA! Headmistress

St Bede's School c1955, Ormskirk
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Hello does anyone remember myself and my two sisters, Maureen, Joan and Susan Humphreys? We lived at Minster Lodge, Ruff Lane, Ormskirk. 'Ada' was the nickname for the headmistress! In the 1970s... Let me know, please. Regards, Maureen

St Anne''s

St Anne's Church, High Altar c1955, Ormskirk
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I was baptized, made my first commmunion and was confirmed, at St Anne's Church. I was chosen to be May Queen. I  crowned our Lady on May 7, 1961. That same year I went to St. Bede's School in September 1961. I then joined the Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Anne's Church. I also sang in the church choir. My brother Mario and sister Rosetta where also baptized in St. Annes Church.  

St Bedes

St Bede's School c1955, Ormskirk
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I was born and bred in Ormskirk and attended St Anns School in Hants Lane. When I was 12, St Bedes School opened and I went there. I remember it being very big compared to St Anns. Mr Collange was the Headmaster, other teachers were Mr Croft, he went on to be Head years later, Miss Beasley, Mr O'Conner - they were both pe teachers - I really enjoyed my stay there. I did go to a reunion for St Bedes about six or seven years ago - met quite a few old faces from my school days.

Country Dancing!

Greetby Hill Primary School c1955, Ormskirk
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1959-1963 - I remember my teachers - Miss Newall, Mr Parkinson, Mr Glazer and finally Mr Hesketh (class 4A1); and the Headmaster, whose name I thought was Harrison, but others remember him as Henderson, so perhaps I am wrong. He taught us country dancing, which I loved enormously. I also loved singing in Mr Sellary's choir (home-made pink check gingham frocks for the girls), and we won a few competitions, I think. I didn't use the entrance pictured, but the one down the road nearer to the station. We lived in Ruff Lane then, near Ruff Wood.

Greetby Hill School.

Greetby Hill Primary School c1955, Ormskirk
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I moved to Ormskirk in the 1960s from St Helens. My name was then Whitehead - one not to be forgotten! I remember Mr Henderson, he was a gentle man. I loved my class teacher Mrs Sykes, she read lovely stories at the end of each day - I looked forward to this time, which is maybe why I adore reading now. I wonder if anyone remembers our Christmases there? We'd polish our desks with polish we had bought from home, and we we would have a party - the dinner ladies used to come round to the classes with huge pots of tea and sandwiches and jellies in little paper dishes. After we had eaten our fill we would all go to the hall and watch a film - my favourite was Norman Wisdom, still a favourite! Oh how I would laugh. We had 'times tables' and spelling tests on Fridays - how I dreaded this, I would always find an excuse to go to the toilet and would try... Read more

Early School Years

Greetby Hill Primary School c1955, Ormskirk
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My name is Andrea Parkinson. I was born in 1962, I went to Greetby Hill Primary School until I was 9 years old. The swimming pool was not ready when I left. My headmaster at the time was Mr Pilkington (I think). My family moved to South Australia under the 'ten pound pom' scheme. I now live in Western Australia but have fond memories of my early school days. I use to live at 12 Elm Place, Ormskirk.

The Roar of The Motorbikes

Church Street c1960, Ormskirk
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I was one of a group of motorcyclists (the Lilacs) from Ormskirk who used to ride up Church Street, together there would have been 12-15 bikes, these were loud to say the least with the echo from the buildings in this narrow street. Now I think the residents must have been not amused. If anyone else sees this and was a member check out my homepage, or anyone that knew me.

The Senior School.

The Secondary Modern School c1955, Ormskirk
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I was a pupil starting in 1952 at the knowledgable age of 11. I used to walk every morning from Whittle Drive on the Scott Estate, I was there 4 years then went on to Bootle Technical College when I was 14. Of the teachers I can only remember one, a Mr Fogg for Tech drawing, could have been a Mr Thomas or a Mr Clegg. Anyone seeing this check out my homepage


Greetby Hill Primary School c1955, Ormskirk
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Going back to days when the smimming pool opened at the junior school, Mr Henderson was the head and Mr Hesketh deputy.  My teacher was Mr English. We also had a great soccer team that I played in. I live in New Zealand in a place called Henderson.

Ormskirk Parish Church

Church of St Peter And St Paul From The South West 1894, Ormskirk
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I remember going to this church to watch my baby brothers being christened in the late 60's early 70's and I always remember someone telling me that the church was really old and would still be standing when I a very old lady - at such a very tender age then I didn't believe them! I grew up listening to the church bells chime every quarter hour and would hold my breath to count the hourly chimes in bed at night. How I miss hearing them!

Starting at School

Greetby Hill Primary School c1955, Ormskirk
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I clearly remember starting at Greetby Hill C of E School in 1960. The headmistress' name was Miss Cobb. I then moved up into the Junior School in 1962, taught in succession by Miss Greenwood, Mr Tyndsley and Mr Hesketh. The headmaster was a benevolent man by the name of Mr Henderson. I can recall the steam trains running up and down the line parallel to the school grounds, and watching the prototype TSR2 test flying overhead in 1964.  Very happy memories!

The Old School

Moorgate c1965, Ormskirk
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I remember the old school on Wigan Road, it was called Ormskirk Cross Hall High School. It has now been demolished and replaced with a newer building.

War Years

My name is Jennie Hazard my maiden name was Sephton, I was at Quarry Mount when I was 13 in 1942.  I originated from Southport.  I also went back to this home in 1980s to also discover it had been demolished.  I was unsure as to whether anyone would still be alive that remembered it or was there, I am now 85 and it would be interesting to hear from anyone who was there around about the same time as me.  I came to Quarry mount with other children from other homes in Pontesbury and Wavertree.  The home in Pontesbury was called The Manor House and the other in Wavertree was called Schofield Home, I wonder if anybody also remembers these other places we were at.  It would be really nice if anyone still had a picture or pictures that were taken at that time.

Look forward to hearing from anyone.

Jennie x

Quarry Mount Childrens Home, Ormskirk.

I am interested in contacting the lady, Margarite Cooke, who said that she used to live at Quarry Mount childrens home. The house address when I was there, between 1947 and 1957, was Quarry Mount, Greetby Hill, ORMSKIRK, Lancs. The house belonged originally to Lord Stoker and was given to the Church of England Children's Society but I'm not sure just when, but prior to my arrival. Whilst I was there it was run by a lovely, caring couple; Mr. & Mrs. Houghton, who are sadly deceased. I was called Margaret Williams, whilst I was there. My husband and I visited Quarry Mount in early 1970s. Mr & Mrs Houghton were looking after the home whilst, the then managers, were on holiday. We were given cuttings from lilac and rhodedendron bushes, which are still flourishing 40 years later. I have so many memories and would appreciate talking to someone who was either there or knows about the home. My husband and I visited Ormskirk in 2009, but, I was devastated to find out the... Read more


I was born in Ormskirk 1959, My parents were John & June Carr of Sephton Drive, we lived at number 21. I have five brothers. We attended West End, and Crosshall High School, My Grandfather Thomas Gabbitas lived near the Gas works in Aughton Street (up the Yard) if anyone remembers the yard. I remember there were always old cars up the yard and we always played in them. I still have family members in Ormskirk. My brothers are in Yorkshire now. I live in Melbourne Australia. One of my other fond memories is Bean picking on the farm on County Road. Anyone else remember the bean picking days ???

Ormskirk Orphanage 1950-1955

I was put into Ormskirk Orphanage at the age of 2 around 1952 and wonder if anyone has a photo of this place (inside or out) or any information, as I am doing a family history.


Family Ties

I lived in Ormskirk,  33 Thompson Ave, for 10 years till my family moved to Canterbury. I started school at Greeby Hill then just before I was going to Wigan Road we moved. My friends were the Hankins, Tony Dayley. It was a great place to live with so many families in the same boat as us, not a lot of money but a lot of great memories.

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